Changing Subconscious Beliefs

© Dane Roubos, D.C.

Created in 1988, PSYCH-KTM is one of the senior members of a new group of transformative therapies now being referred to as Energy Psychology.  There are six different types of “Balance” processes for different purposes.

After describing a simple, fast and effective process I often use with my clients, I’ll walk you through some fascinating information about the workings of your subconscious mind, and how limiting beliefs find their way into our lives in the first place.  At the end I’ll offer a brief description of the transformative Core Belief Balance, which has yielded some amazing results for people.

Practical Application in a Healing Practice
Even with all the different therapies I integrate into my work, some of my clients still have some lingering symptoms after most of the problem has been cleared away.  One of my “Aces” in that situation is the Belief Point Balance from PSYCH-K.  Here’s a real-life example of how it works.

A woman came in for her initial visit with sciatica, an irritation of the large nerve  traveling down the back of her leg.  It had troubled her about 15 years earlier, and now it was back, and greatly limiting her activities.

With her lying on her back, I was unable to lift the involved leg beyond a 45° angle, due to extreme pain.  After working with a surgical scar in her abdomen, we achieved a 70° angle before the pain began.  This was an amazing process itself, which I will write about in another article.

I had her touch over the area where the pain began, in her left buttock.  This made a strong muscle leg go weak, and brought the unconscious issue a little closer to the surface.  We ascertained that a subconscious belief was involved with another muscle test, (an aspect of Applied Kinesiology).

After getting permission from her subconscious to proceed, I  tested a specific series of acupuncture points related to a range of different beliefs, until I found one that was weak.  The positive belief associated with that point was, “I joyfully release the past and expect the best now and in the future!”  This one tested weak, indicating the subconscious mind did not agree with the statement.

Its “negative” belief partner was, “I hold on for dear life to all I no longer need!” This one tested strong (the subconscious was in agreement) – the opposite of what we would like to be living with. 

After a brief healing process, we both felt a shift and the test results reversed.  She now remained strong with the positive statement, and tested weak with the negative one, meaning that her subconscious mind was now supporting her instead of undermining her.

She felt like something had changed, but here was the big surprise: I was easily able to raise her previously painful leg all the way up to a 90° angle – straight up from the table, with no pain or resistance at all!  It was a joyful jaw-dropper to experience such a transformation after just 30 minutes of treatment.

The entire Belief Point Balance only took about 5 minutes.  I checked with her a week later and there was no recurrence – she was a happy camper.  It’s not this dramatic all the time, but people most often notice some kind of beneficial change with this process.

I often use this short process during a regular treatment session to shift a stuck situation. This happens when I've already tried several things and there is improvement, but it's "not done" yet. The physical findings make it obvious that there is another underlying cause we haven't found yet.

Restoring Peace to the Battleground
For most of us, to some degree at least, the body tends to become a battleground between the conflicting belief systems of our conscious and subconscious minds. The remainder of this article explains how that comes about, and what can be done about it from a natural perspective.

Also known as “shooting oneself in the foot,” this tendency is well-known to many who have attempted to change their habits or behaviors. The majority of our vows and resolutions pass by the wayside, usually leaving us frustrated and disappointed in ourselves.

Why is it so difficult to change these things? And why do we repeatedly make choices or do things that we know are not good for us? Good questions, to which science has been providing some new answers.

The Power of Our Subconscious Mind
Our subconscious mind is estimated to be 1,000,000 times more powerful than our conscious mind. Our subconscious runs virtually everything in our body without us having to think about it at all.

It also stores our “survival” information – automatic “programs” intended to keep us safe in times of danger or stress. Much of this is valuable and necessary for self-preservation. However, some of its programs may no longer be in our best interest.

If the programming in our subconscious mind doesn’t support the goals of our conscious mind, the stronger subconscious will win every time, frustrating our best intentions to heal or change.

This makes us more vulnerable to things “going wrong” in our lives.  And because the subconscious mind runs the body, negative beliefs make us more susceptible to a wide range of physical, mental and emotional maladies.  Let’s see how PSYCH-K can increase our likelihood of living a happier, healthier life.

The PSYCH-K process offers some very effective methods for identifying and changing the programming that no longer serves us. We can then create, “install,” and strengthen new beliefs to support our desired outcomes.

The process of discovery and change is gentle and respectful, because PSYCH-K has a built-in “permission” protocol. Nothing is done without your conscious and subconscious consent.

“PSYCH-K is a user-friendly way to rewrite the software of your mind in order to change the printout of your life.”

Robert Williams, Psychologist & originator of PSYCH-K

What is a Belief?
According to the dictionary, a belief is a conviction, trust, or confidence that something is real or true. Our beliefs are basically assumptions we have made about ourselves, others, or the world. Some of these assumptions may be accurate reflections of reality, but many are not.

We perceive the world through the “filter” of our learned beliefs, which are mainly based on our past experiences – mostly from childhood. We learned certain beliefs from our families, school and larger culture. We also created other beliefs from our interactions with peers, and certain life experiences.

One example of a cultural belief that gets passed on is racism, which is a learned phenomenon. Put a diverse group of two or three-year-olds together and they will play. Any disagreements that arise will probably not be based on skin color. That comes later, when societal or parental prejudices begin to filter into their open minds and become unquestioned beliefs.

Subconscious Beliefs Run Like Computer Programs
Our subconscious mind is not some dark, scary thing that’s out to get us. It is actually a survival tool that gives us data about the world around us. It acts like a computer hard drive, and dutifully records whatever is sent to it from our environment.

Young children, up to about age 6, have brain waves in the range that hypnotherapists go for in their work. It’s a highly suggestible (programmable) state. Since children in this age range don’t have the ability to filter out what isn’t true, they absorb almost everything their parents and their culture say.

It goes directly into their subconscious minds, where it will powerfully influence their health, relationships, career, finances, creativity, self-esteem, peace of mind, and more. Since we’re not consciously aware of these beliefs in our subconscious, they act like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz, manipulating our life without us knowing it.

Young children carefully observe their environment and download the worldly wisdom offered by parents directly into their subconscious memory. As a result, their parents’ behavior and beliefs become their own.

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., The Biology of Belief, 2008, pg 133

In fact,  science proved long ago that unborn children are highly perceptive of their environment, and have an active emotional life.  Psychiatrist Thomas Verny summarized many fascinating research studies in his 1981 book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child.

“We now know that the unborn child is an aware, reacting human being who from the sixth month on (and perhaps even earlier) leads an active emotional life.  Along with this startling finding we have made these discoveries:

  • The fetus can see, hear, experience, taste and, on a primitive level, even learn . . . Most importantly, he can feel . . .
  • A corollary to this discovery is that what a child feels and perceives begins shaping his attitudes and expectations about himself. Whether he ultimately sees himself and, hence, acts as a happy or sad, aggressive or meek, secure or anxiety-ridden person depends, in part, on the messages he gets about himself in the womb.”

Thomas Verny, M.D., The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, pg. 12

“I’m Dumb!”
When I was in college back in the early 70′s, I volunteered for a short stint as a teacher’s assistant in 5th grade class. The teacher asked me to help a 10 year old boy with math. It wasn’t long before he told me, “I can’t learn math, I’m dumb!”

Stunned, I asked where he got that idea. He hung his head a little as he said, “My dad says I’m dumb.” Being inexperienced in such things at the time, I attempted to convince him otherwise, but it was useless. He stuck firmly to his adopted belief. It’s a story that’s all too common.

Beliefs Fuel Our Creative Fire
Our subconscious beliefs fuel the engine that powers our creation in life. They color everything we think, say and do. They largely determine how we treat ourselves and each other. On a national scale, our cultural beliefs play a big role in whether we have war, or peace in our world. The war in Iraq is a good example. This is why it’s so important not to accept everything our leaders tell us, and to question their motives when it seems appropriate.

Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your values
Your values become your destiny

Mahatma Ghandi

Belief Change Can Be Easier Than You Think
Limiting beliefs keep us stuck in old cultural and familial paradigms – those recurring head-bangers we keep running into in life.  We have all tried to change our auto-pilot habits and patterns with our conscious mind, using logic and reason, mostly to no avail.

Habitual patterns are notoriously resistant to conscious reason – remember all those New-Year’s resolutions?  There is a simple reason for this.  Our conscious and subconscious minds do not communicate directly.  They even learn and operate differently.  We cannot effectively change our subconscious programs with our conscious minds!

The effects of subconscious beliefs commonly show up in areas relating to money, relationships, self-esteem, health, personal power and loss. Any aspects of our life under the control of dis-empowering beliefs will likely be challenging and frustrating, to say the least.

On the other hand, empowering beliefs can open doors of opportunity in seemingly blank brick walls. Using tools like PSYCH-K, you can begin the process of  belief change to support transformation of your relationship with nearly any life situation you are ready and willing to change.

“With PSYCH-K, I was able to facilitate many changes with my clients in just a few sessions. Changes that took months or even years to achieve with traditional methods were happening in just three to six sessions with PSYCH-K.”

Robert Williams, Psychologist & originator of PSYCH-K

You could think of this process as a mental “oil change,” but it’s more like an engine overhaul, wherein the weak parts (dis-empowering beliefs and habits) are replaced with strong ones of your own choosing.  These new beliefs can now power your “vehicle” in more creative, productive ways.

Core Belief Balance
The Core Belief Balance identifies your primary negative subconscious belief, helps you transform it to the positive, and locks it in. I've often seen powerful positive changes in people’s lives after doing this process. Here is one example:

“Having been dealing with an intensely stressful issue for the past year, my inner world was confused and chaotic. I had sunk into a deep depression and could not think clearly enough to see my way out of it. I could only think of ending my life.

“Then I did a Psych-K Core Belief Balance with Dr. Dane. I woke up the next morning feeling like myself again. Ninety percent of the negative thoughts and emotions have cleared away, and I feel I now have the reserves to deal with the outer challenges I’m facing!

“He also taught me a simple process to help reinforce the positive gains I’ve made.”

LW, Ashland, OR

The Core Belief Balance requires about one to one and a half hours to complete. It works with the top priority belief at the time, and includes a process to harmonize any subconscious resistance that would normally sabatoge the success of the process. I like the Core Belief Balance because it usually clears up a lot of things all at once.

How Long Does it Take to Change a Belief? Things can shift in minutes, as described in the sciatica story above. However for most of us it is a longer process of gradual transformation and integration. How long depends on many factors. They include our willingness (consciously AND subconsciously), our degree of attachment to our old beliefs and ways of being, our current level of conscious awareness, our ability to forgive ourselves and others, and our commitment to the process of change (which can get mighty uncomfortable at times!)

To schedule a session, call Dr. Dane at 541-821-3263

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